Newsweek July 10, 2013

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01 all hail almonds

A PERFECT storm is brewing in the refrigerated aisle at your local supermarket. Soy milk, once the darling of milk substitutes, is losing ground to a nuttier competitor: almond milk. “It’s one of those products with a complete absence of negatives,” says Greg Steltenpohl, CEO of Califia Farms, the newest competitor in the milk-substitute showdown, and the purveyor of Cuties clementines. And Steltenpohl knows his beverages. As the founder of Odwalla Inc., he grew the juice company into a worldrecognized brand before its sale to the Coca-Cola Co. in 2001. In the early ’90s, Steltenpohl recommended to Odwalla’s board of directors that they branch out to soy milk. They stuck with juice, and Steltenpohl watched from the sidelines as soy grew into a billion-dollar business. But as more people weigh the taste…

02 is gitmo really closing?

SINCE PRESIDENT Obama vowed last May to revive his stalled efforts to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, there have been small, mostly symbolic signs of progress. Obama’s State Department envoy, Washington lawyer Cliff Sloan, made a trip to the prison only hours after he was sworn in last week. Lisa Monaco, Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser who’s spearheading the effort in the White House, has staffed up her office with Gitmo experts from the Justice Department. And last month, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough tagged along on a bipartisan congressional jaunt to Guantánamo, signaling that the issue was getting high-level attention and that the White House understood the need to engage lawmakers. But the real question has always been whether Capitol Hill would be any more hospitable to…

03 by the skin of our teeth

PLEASE DO floss. Teeth, it turns out, are useful for something other than chewing food and keeping dentists in business. In fact, our teeth leave behind a durable record, a way of understanding just what was for dinner thousands and even millions of years ago. As reported in a recent article in the scientific journal Plos One, a scientist interested in our dental evolution— yes, our teeth have evolved—analyzed a newly assembled treasure trove of 15 ancient teeth collected from an area in what is now Indonesia. The teeth are all that remain of various human forebears and date from the mid-Pleistocene period, meaning that they range in age from half a million to more than a million years old. Certain teeth are meant for certain tasks: flat molars are for grinding…

04 crazy for candy crush

YOUR MISSION in one of the most addicting games of the summer: match three candies of a kind in a row to accumulate points. When new candies fall from above replacing those you’ve crushed, you do it again. And again. And again. There’s a leader board for every level. Your friends are there, with points next to their names. You want to beat them, badly. When you run out of lives, you can wait 30 minutes for more, or buy them immediately for a nominal fee. Then you’re off to crush more candies. That’s really all there is to Candy Crush Saga. There are variations on the gameplay for each of the 425 levels—sometimes the candies are trapped in jelly; other times the player is being timed—but the goal is always…

05 too young to be innocent?

THE QUESTION burns for all teenagers: would George Zimmerman have singled out Trayvon Martin if he had been an adult? On George Zimmerman’s 911 call, he said Martin “looks black” before finally confirming the 17-year-old was black, but he also identified Trayvon as being in his “late teens.” “A 30-something person would confront a teenager—something tells me he felt emboldened by [Trayvon’s] youthfulness,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a professor of law and police studies at John Jay College in New York. “The seeds of this have to do with the youth of the person.” It’s unclear what was going through Zimmerman’s mind when he confronted Martin, but one of the biggest debates raging around the case is whether Zimmerman racially profiled the teenager. For some people, there’s no question that Zimmerman would not have…

06 gold loses its luster

AND THE first one now will later be last. It’s a line from Bob Dylan’s ’60s anthem “The Times They Are A-Changin’. ” But it applies as well to a couple of hotshot hedge funders who prospered mightily due to prescient bets during the financial bust—and whose golden reputations are now being tarnished by ill-timed forays into gold. Gold, an investment that pays no dividends and produces no earnings, long had a cult following among libertarians, right-wingers, inflationphobes, and catastrophists—think Glenn Beck. But in the years since the world’s central banks began flooding the economy with newly created cash, gold went mainstream. Individuals and institutions came to regard gold—and goldmining companies—as a hedge against Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s continual efforts to boost the economy. (Theory holds that when the money…